- The definition of tarry is of, looking like or covering in tar.
An example of something tarry is a creature that has just crawled out of a tar-filled pit.
- Tarry is defined as to delay, be late or wait.
An example of to tarry is to be 20 minutes late to a wedding ceremony.
intransitive verb-·ried, -·ry·ing
- to delay, linger, be tardy, etc.
- to stay for a time, esp. longer than originally intended; remain temporarily
- to wait
Origin of tarryMiddle English tarien, to delay, vex, hinder from Old English tergan, to vex, provoke, probably influenced, influence by Middle English targen, to retard from Old French targer from Vulgar Latin an unverified form tardicare from Classical Latin tardare, to delay from tardus, slow from source tardy
- of or like tar
- covered or smeared with tar
verbtar·ried, tar·ry·ing, tar·ries
- To delay or be late in going, coming, or doing something: “O let us be married! Too long we have tarried!” ( Edward Lear )
- To wait or stay temporarily: tarried after the show to chat with friends. See Synonyms at stay1.
Origin of tarryMiddle English tarien
(third-person singular simple present tarries, present participle tarrying, simple past and past participle tarried)
- (intransitive) To delay; to be late or tardy in beginning or doing anything.
- It is true that the Messiah will come, though he may tarry. (Hitchens quoting translated Maimonides)
- (intransitive) To linger in expectation of something or until something is done or happens.
- (intransitive) To abide, stay or wait somewhere, especially if longer than planned.
- (intransitive) To stay somewhere temporarily; to sojourn.
- To wait for; to stay or stop for.
- A sojourn.
From Middle English tarien, terien (“to vex, harass, cause to hesitate, delay"), from Old English tirian, tirgan, tergan (“to worry, exasperate, pain, provoke, excite"), from Proto-Germanic *terganÄ…, *targijanÄ… (“to pull, tease, irritate"), from Proto-Indo-European *deregÊ°- (“to pull, tug, irritate"). Cognate with Dutch tergen (“to provoke"), German zergen (“to vex, irritate, provoke"), Russian Ð´ÐµÑ€Ð³Ð°Ñ‚ÑŒ (dergat', “to pull, yank, jerk, pluck up").
(comparative tarrier, superlative tarriest)
- Resembling tar.
- Covered with tar.
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